The Department of Psychology prepares students with an innovative blend of theory, research, and application to support the mental health and well-being of diverse populations. Students will also be prepared to attend graduate school.
The Mission of the Department of Psychology is to empower students to utilize the major concepts, findings, and diverse theoretical perspectives of psychology to identify and address complex challenges faced by individuals and the broader community. We prepare student to use the tools of psychology to promote equity and well-being in a multicultural society.
Equity. Diversity. Belongingness. Empowerment. Transformation.
The Clayton State University Department of Psychology recognizes and embraces diversity and inclusion. Our program creates settings for belonging as a fundamental necessity for establishing as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. articulated, The Beloved Community. The Clayton State University Department of Psychology views civil discourse and acceptance as critical to the intellectual growth and well-being of students. We are dedicated to supporting the development of professionals able to competently address the diverse needs of communities. Graduates of our program are prepared to implement a multicultural framework for promoting personal and community well-being. Students are equipped with the skills to recognize complex societal challenges and innovate creative solutions that empower and transform individuals and communities.
As a department, we are committed and accountable to increasing the number of professionals, practitioners, and healers from communities that have been historically marginalized and excluded from the discipline of psychology. We strive to develop culturally relevant curricula that is also holistic in its approach to education. Our faculty recognize that we now exist in a global community, therefore, it is important that graduates are culturally competent, with the ability to serve a diverse world.
Undergraduate Program: Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Services
- Two options: traditional (in-person and online) and fully online programs
- Six Concentrations: Gender Studies, Advanced Behavioral Health, Health and Wellness, Social Justice, Human Development, Cognitive and Physiological Influences on Behavior
- A Minor in Psychology is also offered for students from other majors
Graduates of our B.S. in Psychology and Human Services will be able to:
- Apply the major concepts, findings, and theoretical perspectives of psychology.
- Evaluate research critically and apply research methodologies used in psychology.
- Demonstrate effective, professional written communication skills both individually and with groups.
- Demonstrate effective, professional oral communication skills both individually and with groups.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and career opportunities for those with psychology-related degrees.
- Apply the ethical standards set forth by the American Psychological Association.
- Demonstrate knowledge of individual and cultural differences and their influences on beliefs, values, and interactions with others.
- Interact effectively with people of diverse abilities, backgrounds, and cultural perspectives.
Graduate Program: Master of Science in Clinical/Counseling Psychology (MPCAC Accredited)
- Two year (60 Credit Hour) program that prepares graduates to pursue licensure as Professional Counselors (LAPC/LPC) in the State of Georgia and to pursue careers as mental health professionals (therapists/counselors).
- Graduates may also be eligible for licensure in other states (Students are responsible for knowing and meeting the licensing requirements in other jurisdictions).
- Graduates are also prepared to pursue Doctoral level study in Psychology and other related fields.
Graduates of our M.S. in Clinical/Counseling Psychology will be able to:
- Use critical thinking skills to assess mental health and implement effective interventions using a variety of therapeutic modalities and theoretical approaches (e.g., cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, humanistic).
- Understand and apply ethical standards to the provision of psychological services in the community.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills to intervene effectively with individuals from varying cultural backgrounds.
- Interpret and apply research methods and statistical techniques to advance the study and practice of clinical psychology.
- Use interpersonal and written communication effectively and professionally.